Apple Watch messages

The Apple Watch, when it starts shipping next year, will require daily charging, suggesting the device’s built-in battery lasts about 24 hours, Re/code journalist John Paczkowski said Wednesday. Apple is reportedly ”not happy“ with the battery life and is working to improve it before the product’s early-2015 debut.

Regardless, Apple still expects users will charge their Apple Watches once daily. At no point during the yesterday’s unveiling did Apple specify or mention how long the device’s battery will last.

Even Apple’s promotional images don’t appear to show the battery indicator on the device’s Home screen.

Paczkowski learned from Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris that the Cupertino firm is “working on various modifications” ahead of the device’s early-2015 launch that should improve the 24-hour battery life.

“There’s a lot of new technology packed into Apple Watch and we think people will love using it throughout the day,” Kerris said.

“We anticipate that people will charge nightly which is why we designed an innovative charging solution that combines our MagSafe technology and inductive charging,” she added.

Apple Watch customizability

The 24-hour battery life is in line with most other smartwatches.

As for Motorola’s Moto 360, reviewers specifically slammed its battery which they say requires recharging after just a few hours of use.

The Apple Watch starts at $349 and will be available in early-2015.

Would you mind charging your Apple Watch overnight?

And are we unreasonable to expect a strong battery inside such a tiny form factor?

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  • Gerardo Castro

    I already charge my phone overnight, why not an additional device

    • Agreed. For it to be such a small device its not bad and with 4 months before its release could be vastly improved.

    • Shawn

      Especially something as easy as just putting it on a little charger. No cords on force needed.

      • jack

        easy? you have to unstrap your watch every night. strap it back on every morning. nobody did that with a watch since it was launched. you ppl are hypocrites

      • Chindavon

        3 seconds. Done. No big deal.

      • 空白

        Why would you sleep with a watch on? How lazy can you get?

      • iBanks

        And those watches didn’t do such things as this one either, there’s the difference.

      • gary

        Why are you sleeping with a watch on? So you can see what time it is while you are sleeping?

      • jack

        you can receive notifications right after going to bed. if you wake in the middle of the night you could easily see the time, a quick faint light if you need it, the list goes on and on

      • phassat

        I was purchasing Lifetrak smartwatch that also track your sleep automatically…. On the first week I use the watch when I sleep so it would track it but it is too uncomfortable. I would say most people will not sleep with their wristwatch on…
        I have my iphone on the bed side.. so if i need to know the time, I can always grab to bed side and check….

      • phassat

        Having said that… one thing that made me buy lifetrak was because it has 1 year battery life… But with Apple iWatch, even on daily basis charging, I am thinking to give it a go…
        Not hypocrite… but I am willing to suffer a bit and see if i can live with it. Of course if Apple Watch can last 1 month, it would be much preferable.

    • Lol

      WOW you people are such major hyprocrites. It’s amazing. Lol. Look at how the tone changes when Apple is in the same boat.

      • Kurt

        Apple is their idol.

      • Yujin

        Oh an apple blog that caters to apple and their products with people who adore the company? The nerve of some people.

      • Lol

        Okay sir. I apologise. I made the mistake of believing people can view things objectively without bias. I won’t do that again sir.

      • BoardDWorld

        I don’t think that’s true, I think many were disappointed in the size & it’s been known for quite some time the battery life isn’t pleasing the chiefs at Apple. However it is a beautifully formed, as beautiful as a block could be.

        What is amazing is the interaction between the user & the UI. Competition are going to be battling many patent law suits to even start to compare. I’m sure Samsung will have no problem with that though…

      • jack

        I agree… a watch should be worn and forgotten when it comes to “charging”. charging a watch is just stupid. hell, using a watch today is stupid in my view since you have your phone with you all the time

      • iBanks

        That 2 second gap from turning my wrist compared to reaching in my pocket to check the time is all of the world to me.

      • gary

        Hm, how about not everyone lives and dies by having their phone in their pocket all the time? I check my watch for time *constantly* and would much rather do that than pull my phone out like an idiot every time I need to know the time.

    • Zach Krase

      I agree as long as it last me the full day then I’m happy.

    • Mr.Coolfreak

      I’m an apple fan myself, but weren’t people making fun of android wear watches due to the short battery life? People don’t expect to charge their watches every fay

    • rockdude094

      Idk about you but I don’t like a spider web of wires tripping me at night.

      • Gerardo Castro

        What the hell? Are you sleepwalking?

  • Jason Baroni

    I am glad that Apple is fixing something they still can’t control like battery life. At least this waiting is about an important upgrade.

    • Star Lord

      If in near future they introduce solar charging or something like that then I’ll be first in line to buy smartwatch. Plus I don’t see that requirement to spend $349 on a not so baked device.

      • Jason Baroni

        First of all, I love your movie, and you have a nice taste for music, Star Lord. Second, I actually like the way it is. Ok, the price is high, but nothing that Apple wouldn’t do already. For the bright side, people were expecting $400. I will give it a try because of the new UI, its quality construction and last but not least, functions.

      • Star Lord

        Thank you. It’s actually my mom’s fav songs. They’re awesome.

        And second, I don’t feel that I need another device just to check my notifications and emails. That health features are very nice for athletic persons but currently I don’t require it. Matter of preference, that’s all.

      • Jason Baroni

        Sure, you are quite right! This is a device that fits a niche, like the Healthy people, ONLY. Whoever but the Apple Watch is gonna be on their on werther to use it hard or not.

  • Shawn

    If it can last from the time I leave home till the time I get home then it will have worthy battery life for my purchase. If it has to be charged every few hours like some Android Wear Devices then I will not purchase it.

  • Yasiel Diaz

    Ahhhh

  • Chris Tinnell

    I don’t mind the nightly charging. As long as it will last one full day/night, I am good. Can’t wait to get my hands on it. I have been holding off on buying another fitness device — waiting for this to come out. I want apple to do it right (no doubt they will) but also want it like yesterday. The whole family will get one.

  • Cameron Chao

    Apple watch isnt the competition to the smart watches available now, it is the only Smart watch that will be available.

    • Gerardo Castro

      It’s iOS exclusive, just like Samsung is Android exclusive. I don’t think we can really call them smart watches until they can either work standalone or are cross-compatible like the Pebble.

      • Cameron Chao

        this smart watch is good enough to convert android users to ios ones. If they really wanted a smart watch they’ll do just that. Besides, most people are ios users anyway and iPhone 6 and 6 plus will convert many screen size hunters too.

      • Kurt

        Note 4 is so much better that it will be a hard sell to buy the iPhone 6 plus. But there is the AppStore

      • Cameron Chao

        for you maybe, note users use note simply because Apple didnt have a phone that big. Oh and did you know the note market wasnt even ever that big? Im sorry, but this is probably the biggest turning point ever, Apple wants monopoly and they will get it, even samsung will tell you they are going down (they have been recently). Ask yourself, who wouldnt get the only usable smart watch coupled with a big screen phone that runs ios? Only people who cant afford it.

      • Kurt

        Notes are the most popular phone here. iPhone is one of the least. So few people want them they are always free. Since December after the release of iPhone 5. In America iPhone dominates. But iPhone 6plus is uglier and has less features. Some no big deal, others are huge. It’s a failure on apples part, but Apple has the AppStore which is a huge reason to go with apple. Are you gonna get the 6 or the 6 plus

      • Arjan Vlek

        The note has the s pen and iPhone Not

      • Cameron Chao

        asia is asia, they enjoy kpop and the rest of the world cant understand why (alot also support their countries company, which is good). But even this will turn their heads, watches are wearables that are always seen, people used the note because of its big screen, they removed it from the pocket, enjoyed the size, then hid it back inside so people wouldnt know they were carrying a large plastic device named samsung. This is why the S galaxy watch never sold, its not cool, people dont want a samsung watch, they dont want to be wearing samsung. Apple meanwhile, why not, and with it being only usable with a large size Apple iphone? why not. Its over for samsung, they know it, their screen size game is gone, they can only rely on its sd card expandability, and its myriad of features that most people dont use.

      • Kurt

        Will see, Note is a better phone. Will the apple logo be enough? Not for me, but for you yes. BUZZ BUZZ

      • Cameron Chao

        because its still expensive, and you said yourself you dont have a use for a smart watch (which you dont know for sure yet). If you ever decide to get one, id be really really surprised if you went for the galaxy note SWatch instead of the Apple watch.

      • Kurt

        If I had the gear S I can send you a message and not just a buzz buzz. Gear s and the gear fit is better looking but they are too big for my wrist. So Apple Watch is better for me size wise. But so few people iPhones here so no one will have a apple watch. Do you agree buzz buzz is a gimmick now? I’d rather pull out my iPhone and send you a message that would also send you a buzz buzz if your on vibrate that is.

      • Cameron Chao

        you know, the criticism of samsung wasnt just the myriad of useless features, that was included because they couldnt do the main features as well as the iphone, whether or not buzz buzz is truly gimmicky thats still in debate, lets say it is, then dont use it, the watch is still so much more impressive with its health features, charging, customisability and many more that will come with the watch appstore (or whatever its called). “I’d rather pull out my iPhone and send you a message that would also send you a buzz buzz if your on vibrate that is.” THERE, you answered the question of the buzz buzz on the watch, typing its not easy on the watch, Apple wants you to pull out your iphones instead to send messages.

      • Kurt

        Why would you send me a buzz buzz from smart watch to smart watch? It’s a terrible gimmick. The crown won’t be in gen 2 I’m sure of that

      • Cameron Chao

        im in university so a buzz buzz from watch to watch might have use for me, i can think of while exercising a buzz buzz may have some use too. And no im not sure if the crown would be there or not, im sure apple thought it out well why there was a need for the crown. Gen 2 would be even thinner, and thats the only thing i need right now in the smart watch, thinness, just for comfort.

      • iBanks

        I actually like the idea behind it.

      • phassat

        reminds me of someone writing a good slogan for Samsung…. “Samsung, the king to solve problems… that no one has.” hahaha good joke

      • phassat

        Not that I close my eyes and didn’t try Note…. I am open for android as well… as long as it is subjectively better for me. But after 1 month using Galaxy Note, I ditch it and back to my 5s…. Again this is subjective and people can have their own preference right…. To some, samsung is superior than apple and that’s fine by me… but for me, I can’t stand samsung galaxy note… especially the OS… subjectively

      • Kurt

        Its not for everyone. Which iphone do you want?the mid tier iphone6 or flagship 6plus

      • therealjjohnson

        Whether they can work cross-platform or not has no bearing on if they are smart watches or not in my opinion. I was always under the understanding that they were called smart watched because of the capabilities they have over that of a traditional watches.

  • Alexis Marrero

    my only gripe about this is that if its charging off your risk it cant track your “sleep” which iv come to find as a truly great measure on health.

    • You also workout in your sleep? I thought I was the only one.

      • Alexis Marrero

        You are.

      • Darn. I guess there is no need no measure anything in your sleep then.. Not like you’re climbing stairs or anything..

      • Alexis Marrero

        Sleep cycles.

      • I doubt it measures that right now.

      • phassat

        I have insomnia… so sleep tracking can show me when I was in deep sleep mode and show the quality of the sleep… even if it is only 3-4 hours per day. Not that I can do anything with it but it is just good to know so that if I don’t have a good night, I will try harder to compensate the next night.

    • therealjjohnson

      You can wear it to bed. The charge allegedly last 24 hours, some may charge their devices at night, some in the morning, afternoon etc. I dont think be default that means you “have” to have it charged at night.

      • Alexis Marrero

        This is the internet so I understand why you would think I didn’t know that. But yes to be clear I know that it isn’t necessary to charge it at night only.

    • iBanks

      Use your phone like I do.

  • JayDee917

    It would be pretty cool if Apple came up with a solution to charge the watch with your iPhone. I’d be willing to sacrifice 10-20% for a full recharge of the Apple Watch.

  • Yujin

    I don’t think anyone has a battery option that can last long enough. If they do, it may be still under development and probably a very expensive option.

  • n0ahcruz3

    I think the design is ok, but the 360 still looks better(imo). If both watches have 1 week battery life, i might buy one lol

  • WolfgangHoltz

    Nice concept but 5 to 10 years too early. I Get flashbacks from Apple’s Newton also nice product but way to early.

  • WaterTrooper

    Who wants a watch that dies when you need to do anything with it? Guess you can add charging your watch to your bedtime routine.

  • Franklin Richards

    Considering how powerful and small this thing is I’m ok with a 24hr battery life. Scary thing is when Apple isn’t happy with something they aren’t afraid to drag it out. Early 2015 might end up being early 2016.

  • Khalid Tahhan

    Get a cogito classic smart watch and change the battery once a year. Looks elegant and gives u the needed

  • Lance Baker

    I wouldn’t wear it to sleep anyway.

  • rockdude094

    Would be awesome if apple made the batter out of something other than lithium.

  • Ariel

    If it REALLY lasts a FULL day of regular/hardcore use, than I’m fine with that.

    • asian101

      Hahahaha. Snap out if it- from the Apple distortion field.

  • thomas

    so many things need charging nowadays.
    phones, cars, watches, glasses, heck even shoes.
    all this and wireless charging still isn’t available?

    • phassat

      then after 3 years, the battery broken and you need to pay maybe half price of the product itself to change the battery.
      Rather than a fashion item, this is consumables…. but i still going to get one